Sarah is thrilled to be a student of Julia Faulkner at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. This spring, she is portraying Annio in Mercy, a cinematic adaptation of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito directed by Chas Reder-Shieber and guest director, tenor Alek Shrader. She recently recorded Czech folk songs of Janáček and the Wood Sprite Trio of Dvořák's Rusalkain an all Czech recital with Milos Repicky. An active participant in new music, she will be premiering works by fellow Curtis student Elise Arancio; an art song setting Jericho Brown text, and a composed theatre work of "The House" by Warshan Shire, both living poets. She will be premiering a work of Cuban-American composer Tania León at the Musical Fund Society in Philadelphia (spring '22), performing a piece written specifically for her voice.
Since starting at Curtis in 2019, she has performed at the
Kimmel Center under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin
with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in the Cosi fan Tutte
sextet. Over the course of her first semester, she covered
Rosina in the mainstage opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia and
performed works by Johann Sebastian Bach with a
chamber ensemble, that marking her first early music
performance. In the winter, she sang in the Shostikovich
cycle "From Jewish Folk Poetry" (Op. 79) in a concert of
Russian works with Ghenady Mierson and made her Curtis Opera debut as Cis in Britten’s Albert Herring, covering the role of Nancy. In partnership with the Temple Institute on Disabilities and SoundLab, she sang the world premiere of Robert Whalen’s Lost Time, an art song compiling the words of Bobby Evans and Steidl who both use Voice Assistant Technology.
Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, she was planning to attend Songfest at the Colburn School as a Colburn Fellow, as well as the Aims program in Graz, Austria. In summer 2019, she made her role debut as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Berlin Opera Academy, and attended the Classic Lyric Arts program in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. She got the opportunity to perform opera scenes around the region in Italy, as well as sing in masterclasses with agent Sandra Hormozi and soprano Donata D’Annuzio Lombardi. At Oberlin in Italy, where she sang in Puccini’s La Rondine in 2018, and participated in a masterclass with conductor of Opera Colorado, Ari Pelto. In the summer of 2017, she sang Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Manhattan Opera Studio's Summer festival, covering Susanna. Here, she sang in a masterclass for conductor Roger Malouf.
Before Curtis, Sarah attended Columbia University and the Juilliard Exchange-Program for two years, studying under voice chair, Edith Bers. At Columbia, outside of her academics, she sang with the Columbia New Opera Workshop as Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte,Rosalinda in Strauss's Die Fledermaus, and in multiple opera scenes, including the North-American Premiere of No Masque for Good Measure by Canadian composer Matthew Ricketts. In her final spring, she narrated Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat. She was also involved in two a capella groups, the Columbia Music Performance Program, and Musical Mentors Collaborative where she taught voice lessons to children attending public school.
She attended the Juilliard Pre-College her senior year of high-school, studying with Lorraine Nubar. In high-school and grade school, she was heavily involved in musicals and performed in countless shows and concerts, and is still very passionate about theatre. Some of her favorite roles include: Clara (The Light in the Piazza), Maria (The Sound of Music), Anna (The King and I), Nellie (South Pacific), Vivienne (Legally Blonde), Meg (Little Women), Fastrada (Pippin) and Daniela (In the Heights). She also participated in workshops of a genre-blending Dido and Aeneas at NYU and a review of songs set to Sean O’Casey writings at the Irish Repertory Theater downtown.
She has been awarded scholarships from the George London Foundation and the Voce di Meche opera blog. She was a National Semi-Finalist/Regional Finalist at the New York Lyric Opera national competition two years in a row, and was a finalist in the Hal Leonard national competition. She won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical at the National Youth Theater Awards twice and was nominated two other times.
Sarah started taking voice lessons at age 8, and is so grateful that she gets to pursue her passion to its fullest extent. At 10, she started studying with mezzo Gulnara Mitzanova and since then, has been exploring the joy her voice brings to her, as well as to other people. She wishes to use her voice in all capacities, as she believes artists have the beautiful opportunity and responsibility to spread light, love, and compassion for all beings. She loves literature, nature, art, and hopes to combine all of her disciplines to keep exploring what it means to be alive.